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THOMAS EBENSTEIN was born in Carinthia/Austria in 1979 and studied singing with Helena Łazarska at the Vienna University of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Since the beginning of the 2012/13 season he has been a member of the Vienna State Opera. From 2003 to 2012 the tenor was a member of the Berlin Komische Oper.

His guest appearances include performances with the Metropolitan Opera New York, Teatro alla Scala Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Staatsoper Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Theater an der Wien; New York Carnegie Hall,  Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorium di Milano, Vienna Musikverein & Konzerthaus; Bochum Ruhrtriennale, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Dresden Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Salzburg Easter Festival, Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Bergen International Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Thomas Ebenstein has worked with a number of prestigious conductors such as Thomas Adès, Semyon Bychkov, Nicholas Carter, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Metha, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Sir Simon Rattle and Christian Thielemann.

His repertoire include such roles as Pedrillo (The Abduction from the Seraglio) – amongst others at the Salzburg Festival, also published on DVD on Arthaus Musik – Dancing Master (Ariadne on Naxos), Steersman (The Flying Dutchman), David (The Mastersingers from Nuremberg), Mime (The Rhinegold and Siegfried),  Scrivener (Khovanshchina), Prince Shuysky (Boris Godunov), Shabby Peasant (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Bob Boles (Peter Grimes), Caliban (The Tempest) and Alfred (The Bat).

At the beginning of 2018, his debut recording with Lieder from R. Strauss, Schönberg, Zemlinsky and Korngold has been released on Capriccio (Première Portraits).

updated: January 2024